Friday, November 5, 2010

Kenny Chesney, "Somewhere with You"

Surprise!  Kenny Chesney's new single is another nostalgia trip set to music.  But this time there's only one mention of a beach.  In "Somewhere with You" Kenny plays the part of a man who can't stop thinking about the one special woman he left behind, despite many attempts to console himself through shameless womanizing.

We do get something of a "been-there-done-that" vibe from this lyrical theme, as it similar to many of Kenny's past hits.  But where the song mainly falters is in awkward construction of its concept.  The song is a little too repetitive.  It's as if Kenny sings the song all the way through one time, and then just goes back and repeats it, with very few differences between the two repetitions.  I feel like I could listen to this song on endless repeat (which I would really rather not do) without being able to tell where the song ends and starts up again.

An additional problem is a somewhat listless vocal on Kenny's part, which is especially noticeable during the fast-talking chorus.  Add a few distracting production choices, and the song falls a degree below unremarkable, to the point where it is almost irritating to listen to. 

Even a little extra insight into whatever made this girl so special in the first place would have made this a more interesting song.  But the sum of its parts make "Somewhere with You" a clear misfire that fails to hold our attention past the first chorus.  Changing the station now.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)